Yes, it is technically still summer. But many skiers already have shifted their thinking from beach days and backyard barbecues to untracked snow and double fall lines. We might be borderline obsessed, but planning early for the ski season can be incredibly important, especially for families with young children and those new to the sport who need to get themselves equipped.
Many local ski and snowboard shops offer seasonal equipment lease programs, which provide tremendous convenience and value for customers. Most programs cater to juniors, but there also are long-term rental options available for adults. Either way, the time to move on them is now.
“We start fitting for leases the second week of August and encourage families to come no later than October,” Kevin Barrows, social media marketing manager at Proctor Ski and Board in Nashua, N.H., said. “However, we are open to lease equipment until the snow is gone.”
Village Ski and Snowboard in Franklin, Mass., begins its rental fittings as soon as they open in August and continue renting gear throughout the season. “Our annual customers know it is best to come in for fitting early in the season,” said Keith Brachold, the store manager.